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or miss' for the team 

By the numbers 

John Zetmeir 
staff writer 

4 The number that K-State senior lineback- 
er Arthur Brown wears on his jersey. As a 
high schooler, Brown was ranked as the No. 
1 linebacker by ESPN and signed to go to 
the University of Miami to be a Hurricane. 
After two years in Miami, Brown decided to transfer 
to K- State. As a 2012 Ail-American candidate, look for 
Brown to have a big impact for the Wildcats against 
his old team. In 2011, K- State was able to defeat 
Miami 28-24 in the final play, a 4-point win for In- 
state. Look for this yearns matchup to be just as close. 

K- State will look to win their ninth straight 

9 game in the month of September this Sat- 
urday against Miami. K-State^s last loss in 
the month of September came in 2009 to 
the UCLA Bruins. 9 is also the number of 
points that the Wildcats allowed last week 
against Missouri State. Despite allowing the Bears to 
accumulate 418 total yards, the Wildcats were able to 
keep the Bears out of the end zone, forcing Missouri 
State to settle for field goals on three separate drives. 

m The Miami Hurricanes have 

M ^ lost 10 of their last 11 road games 
I I against top 25 BCS-ranked teams 
^^Lm^^J going back to 2005. K-State comes 
into the game ranked 21st in the AP 
poll and 20th in the USA Coaches Poll. MiamiSs last 
win against a ranked opponent on the road came in 
2009 against No. 18 Florida State. Meanwhile, K-State 
has won 10-straight home games against unranked 

Missouri State was able to hang 
A with K-State into the third quarter 

M% M last Saturday. K-State then took over 
by scoring 42 unanswered points, 
r The Hurricanes cannot afford to 

allow K-State to go on a similar scor- 
ing run that they had against Missouri State. 

Last season, Miami al- 
lowed sophomore running 
back John Hubert to rush 
W J W ^ for a career-high 166 yards 
^^M^^ and a touchdown. Last 

week against Missouri State, 
Hubert, now in his junior year, rushed for 152 yards, 
including a 95-yard touchdown run. After week one, 
Hubert leads the Big 12 Conference in rushing yards. 
Slowing down Hubert will be crucial to the Hur- 
ricanes' success this Saturday if they hope to leave 
Manhattan with a win. 

Both teams allowed their 
opponents to pass for over 
^9 m ■ ■ ■ 300 yards in their first game. 

Miami allowed Boston 
Collegers junior quarter- 
back Chase Rettig to pass for 
441 yards, and the Wildcats allowed Missouri State 
junior quarterback Ashton Glaser and sophomore 
quarterback Kierra Harris to pass for a combined 323 
yards. Last season, K-State quarterback Collin Klein 
only had 12 completed passes for 133 yards against 
Miami. However, two of those passes were touch- 
down passes. 

The U': speedy freshman poses threat 

Nicolas Wahl 
staff writer 

As Miami head coach Al Golden's Hur- 
ricanes embark on the trek to Manhattan 
for tomorrow's matchup against the No. 
21 ranked K-tate Wildcats, "The U" looks to 
erase all memory of last season's nail-biter 
28-24 home-loss to the Wildcats. 

Golden knows the Hurricanes are in for 
a battle. 

"Clearly this week against Kansas 
State, we have a Herculean challenge 
out here. Excellent football team. Tough 
environment. Well-coached. Don't beat 
themselves. Control time of possession. 
Led the Big 12 in least penalized teams," 
Golden told the press Tuesday. "They had 
30 drives of 60 yards or more. Big time 
quarterback. Really as good as there is on 
defense with Arthur Brown at linebacker. 
Its going to be a great challenge for our 
team and one that we're preparing for as 
I speak." 

The Hurricanes return just 10 starters 
(four on offense, six on defense) from a 
team that finished 6-6 a year ago and will 
rely heavily on former backups and new- 
comers, especially at the offensive skill 

Gone are four-year starting quarter- 
back Jacory Harris and running back 
Lamar Miller - who left school early to 
enter the NFL draft after rushing for 1,272 
yards and nine touchdowns last year. It 
was Miller who ran through the K-State 
defense to the tune of 106 yards on 18 car- 
ries, including a 59-yard touchdown. 

An electrifying opening-week perfor- 
mance by the lightning- quick true-fresh- 
man Duke Johnson (seven carries, 135 
yards, two touchdowns) that included 
a 56-yard touchdown scamper against 
Boston College should draw the attention 
of the Wildcats' defense and could keep 
K-State linebackers from overloading the 
middle Saturday morning. 

"He's a tremendously talented 
little player. He has tremen- 
dous speed," said K-State head 
coach Bill Snyder in a Tuesday 
press conference. "He has 
good quickness to go along 
with his speed, and I think 
that he is perhaps prob 
ably growing 
as a receiver 
as well. They 
utilize him 
lot of 

different ways, so that tells me he can do a 
lot of different things." 

A seemingly balanced attack, the 
Miami offense gained 208 yards on the 
ground and tallied 207 through the air, 
and will rely heavily on junior quarterback 
Stephen Morris. 

Morris went 28-of-45, passing for 207 
yards against Boston College, and should 
see ample opportunity to make plays 
through the air against a K-State defense 
that looked anything but sound for much 
of its 51-9 season opening win over Mis- 
souri State. 

In the backfield, Miami, and more spe- 
cifically Morris, will rely heavily on an 
inexperienced receiving corps. Both of 
the Hurricanes' top receivers from a year 
ago (Travis Benjamin, Tommy Streeter) 
have moved on to the NFL. Allen Hums, 
Miami's third leading receiver from a year 
ago, is now the leader of the group. Morris 
found Hums eight times for 81 yards 
while connecting with Lewis four times 
for 42 yards, including an 18-yard touch- 
down against Boston College. 

Sophomore center Shane McDermott, 
who started 10 games last season while 
allowing zero sacks and committing zero 
penalties, returns to anchor an offensive 
line that allowed for 208 Miami rushing 
yards and sacrificed just one sack in 45 
passing attempts against Boston College. 

Defensively, the Hurricanes will 
depend on a solid group of linebackers 
to try to slow down Collin Klein and the 
powerful Wildcat running game. Sopho- 
more middle-linebacker Denzel Perry- 
man led all returning Hurricane defend- 
ers with 69 tackles last season and senior 
Ramon Buchanan returns to take over the 
left side after missing most of last season 
with a torn ACL. 

Buchanan registered 54 tackles as a 
junior in 2010. Freshman Eddie Johnson, 
who many thought was the most impres- 
sive of the three in workouts head- 
ing into the season, steps into the 
starting role on the right side. 

While the 

Miami offense presents a formidable chal- 
lenge to the K-State rushing attack - they 
only gave up 96 yards on 36 Boston Col- 
lege carries in the opener - they are sus- 
pect at defending the pass. 

Questioned as to whether the Hur- 
ricanes would be playing against an of- 
fense more suited to their own defensive 
strengths, Golden was hopeful but lauded 
the challenge at hand. 

"We'll find out Saturday. I thought we 
were tough in short yardage situations — 
that wasn't the case last year," Golden said. 
"I thought we were stronger up front. We'll 
see if we can do a better job to stop this PC- 
State] attack. It was excellent a year ago." 

Miami failed to register a sack in the 
opener despite the Eagles attempting 51 
passes last Saturday, so the Hurricanes 
must get line pressure with some regular- 
ity or Klein should have plenty of open tar- 
gets downfield. To do so, the Hurricanes 
will rely heavily on sophomore defensive 
end Anthony Chickillo who started nine 
games last season and registered five 
sacks on the year. 

Snyder noted the Miami defensive 
shifts as a point of emphasis. 

"Defensively, they are a big movement 
team, so you see a lot of movement out of 
their front and blitzes from anybody and 
everybody that they have in the first 11. 
That is always an issue. For a defense, it 
can be hit or miss," Snyder said. 

The lack of pressure noted above al- 
lowed Boston College to torch the Miami 
secondary for 441 yards on 32-51 passing. 
The secondary which is led by seniors 
Brandon McGee and Vaughn Telemaque, 
must avoid getting burned by the K-State 
deep ball if Miami is to contain the Wild- 
cat offense. 

A pair of seniors, who both saw exten- 
sive action last season, make for a solid 
Miami kicking game as punter Dalton 
Botts averaged 42.7 yards per punt and 
kicker Jake Wieclaw was 11-14 on field 
goals with a long of 49. He was 2-2 in the 

Always dangerous in the return game, 
the Hurricanes look to continue that trend 
against the Wildcats. Sophomore backup 
receiver Phillip Dorsett will share punt 
return duties with the explosive Malcolm 
Lewis, while speedy Duke Johnson steps 
in alongside Dorsett on kick returns. 

Special teams will be huge as 
K-State showed last weekend 
how dangerous they can 

Tommy Theis | Collegian 

ABOVE: Travis Tannahill tries to escape two defenders after hauling in a 37 yard pass from Collin Klein, setting up a Wildcats field 
goal in the 51-9 victory over Missouri State. 

Collegian file photo 

BELOW: Willie leads the crowd in a cheer after the Wildacts scored a touchdown against the Texas Longhorns on Nov. 19, 201 1 . 

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friday, September 7, 2012 

Questions remain in depth, consistency of defense 

Adam Suderman 
staff writer 

Since Saturday's 51-9 vic- 
tory over Missouri State, the 
consistency of the Wildcat de- 
fense has been the main topic 
for many K-State fans. 

Several positives and nega- 
tives fill the defensive stats 
and an upcoming test against 
Miami will give a good indica- 
tion of where the unit stands. 

Following Saturday's win, 
Snyder was pleased with the 
presence of his run defense 
but said Missouri State's 
Randy "Duke" Johnson could 
present a challenge for the In- 
state defense. 

"He's a tremendously talent- 
ed little player," Snyder said. 
"He has tremendous speed, 
which is what most people 
would identify him as some- 
one who runs extremely fast. 
. . . They utilize him a lot of dif- 
ferent ways, so that tells me he 
can do a lot of different things." 

One of the biggest ques- 
tion marks heading into this 
season was the depth and ex- 
perience at the tackle spots. 
After finishing week one with- 
out a sack, many of the same 
questions remain. 

Perhaps no moment from 
last season is mentioned more 
than the goal-line stand pro- 

vided by Tre Walker's tackle of 
graduated Miami quarterback 
Jacory Harris. 

Although the ending play 
stands out in most memories, 
head coach Bill Snyder says 
that there is a missing piece to 
the discussion. 

"Well, Tre was a part of it, 
not all of it," Snyder said. "It 
has to take 1 1 guys to play well 
in that environment and that 
situation, and we had 1 1 guys 
that did exactly that. Our guys 
made some really mature ad- 
justments during those four 
snaps that took place down 
there, particularly on the last 
play when they shifted a whole 
bunch of guys and movement 
that we hadn't seen." 

Six defensive starters return 
from that unit, and finding the 
drive that allowed K-State to 
manage last year's matchup 
against the Hurricanes will be 

The Wildcats will be chal- 
lenged by the presence of 
Miami freshman running back 
Duke Johnson, who rushed 
for 135 yards and two touch- 
downs in Miami's season 
opening 41-32 victory against 
Boston College. 

The team will be looking 
for similarities from last year's 
game, and despite personnel 
differences, Brown said stay- 

ing in line with their approach 
will be what's most important. 

"It is going to be different, 
but our approach as a team 
is the same," Brown said. "We 
are definitely going to identify 

where it is we need to improve 
from last game and make 
those proper steps in order 
to do so. Our approach to the 
game is selfish — it is not dif- 
ferent than last year." 

As many first games go, 
finding that rhythm doesn't 
come quite as easily as some 
would like, but consistency 
from start to finish is some- 
thing Brown says the defense 

is looking for. 

"We need to be more con- 
sistent as well as we finish," 
Brown said. "Getting out to a 
great start is going to impact 
the game a lot." 

Wildcats' offense: up to the test against Hurricanes 

Corbin McGuire 
staff writer 

K-State's offense knocked off 
the offseason rust in a 51-9 late- 
game blowout against the Mis- 
souri State Bears last Saturday. 

The Wildcat offense will 
face what is likely to be a much 
tougher test when they take on 
the Miami Hurricanes on Sat- 
urday at 1 1 a.m. in Bill Snyder 
Family Stadium. 

"They're a very athletic 
team," said senior quarterback 
Collin Klein. "They really hustle 
around and make a lot of plays." 

The Hurricanes, who defeat- 
ed Boston College 41-32 last 
Saturday, turned the Golden 
Eagles over three times, in- 
cluding a 41 -yard interception 
return for a touchdown from 
sophomore middle linebacker 
Denzel Perryman. 

The other two Golden Eagle 
turnovers, both fumbles, result- 
ed in Hurricane touchdowns 

on offense. 

"We can't turn it over," Klein 

The Hurricane defense did 
show weaknesses, mostly in 
the secondary, where they gave 

just focusing on the game and 
getting ourselves better. We are 
trying to improve and come out 
with a win on Saturday." 

Part of Miami's recipe to 
create turnovers is a mixture 

"We are going to put in the game plan 
as the week goes along, and do what we 
need to do. ... We are just focusing on the 

game and getting ourselves better. We 
are trying to improve and come out with a 
win on Saturday." 

Collin Klein 
senior quarterback 

up 441 passing yards of the 537 
total yards allowed against the 
Golden Eagles. 

"We are going to put in the 
game plan as the week goes 
along, and do what we need to 
do. ... [Boston College] was suc- 
cessful, but [Miami] sees that 
too and are working on correct- 
ing things," Klein said. "We are 

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Head coach Bill Snyder looks on as his Wildcats battle the Bears of 
Missouri State on Sept. 1 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The Wild- 
cats won 51-9 after being tied at 9-9 in the third quarter. 


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of stunting and blitzing to put 
pressure on the opposing of- 
fense; something head coach 
Bill Snyder said can work both 
for and against a team. 

"That is always an issue. For 
a defense, it can be hit or miss," 
Snyder said. "For most people, 
for us included, sometimes 
you roll the dice and it could 
be 50-50 in what the outcome 
could be." 

Klein reflected on where he 
could improve from his 19-of- 
28 aerial performance for 169 
yards against the Bears. 

"We were a couple plays 
away from really making some 
headway there that were criti- 
cal downs. I know on a couple 
third downs Chris [Harper] 
and I weren't able to get on the 
same page," Klein said. "There's 
always those little things that 
you look back and you're like, 
'Darn, I wish I could've had 
that one back.' But we just got 
to keep moving forward, keep 
trying to get better, and we're 
having fun in the process." 

John Hubert looks to follow 

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Quarterback Collin Klein gets his offensive lineman in position before taking the snap in the first 
half against Missouri State on Sept. 1 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. 

up his 152-yard rushing perfor- 
mance against the Bears and 
repeat last year's 166-yard game 
against the Hurricanes. 

"He just doesn't stop. Some- 
times he's like a bowling ball 
in there," Klein said of Hu- 
berts running style. "He kind 
of bounces around and all of 
a sudden he'll squirt out of the 
pile when you didn't even see 

Snyder said he has no yard- 

per-carry number he looks for 
Hubert to hit because statistics 
can be misleading and the situ- 
ation of the game determines 
how many carries per game 
Hubert will see. 

"If you carry the ball on the 
2-yard line and get it in the end 
zone, then it was a pretty suc- 
cessful play, and you only got 
two yards out of it," Snyder said. 
"As I have said so many times, 
defenses dictate what you are 

going to do. If they want to line 
up and commit enough people 
to take away John Hubert, 
then he probably is not going 
to carry the ball much in that 
given game." 

Klein said he is looking for- 
ward to the game and welcom- 
ing the Hurricanes to K-State. 

"It's an exciting game. They're 
a very good team; top to bottom 
they have a lot of good players," 
he said. "We'll show them a little 



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Junior linebacker Tre Walker leaps on senior defensive tackle Vai Lutui during last season's Oct. 8, 
2011, game against Missouri. Walker was selected as a "spirit captain" for the team this season. 

Sean Frye 
staff writer 

Last season in Miami, Tre 
Walker showed the entire 
nation what he means to the 
K-State Wildcats when he tack- 
led former Hurricanes' quarter- 
back Jacory Harris 1 yard short 
of the goal line on fourth and 
goal, which sealed the win for 
the Wildcats. 

"That one single play brought 
a great deal of attention to Tre, 
and rightfully so," said head 
coach Bill Snyder. 

Walker is a junior this year 
for the Wildcats, and one of the 
leaders on the team as well. 
This year, he was selected as 
a "spirit captain" for the team, 
which entails him leading the 
team out of the locker room 
and onto the field. Right before 
the team enters the field, fans 
notice Walkers No. 50 jersey 
at the front of the pack, rocking 
side to side to get the players 
and the crowd hyped for kick- 

"He brings a lot of spirit to 
our defense," Snyder said "He 
was selected as an honorary 
captain, a spirit captain, last 
week, but couldn't go out with 

the captains because he leads a 
little ordeal in the locker room 
prior to the game." 

Walker's electricity on the 
field, in addition to his play- 
making ability, has been no- 
ticeable since his freshman 
year, where he was one of the 
lone bright spots on a defense 
that struggled in 2010. Last 
year, he started every game for 
the Wildcats and recorded 52 
tackles, including eight for a 
loss, and forced a fumble. 

Now, as he enters yet anoth- 
er new chapter in his K-State 
career, Walker hopes to contin- 
ue both his personal and team 
success in 2012. 

"I just want it to be a success- 
ful season within the means 
of making great plays," Walker 
said. "I want to continue to 
make great plays." 

For Walker though, it is 
equally as important to main- 
tain his status as a vocal, en- 
ergetic leader on the team 
throughout the year as well. 

"I don't want this to sound 
bad in anyway, but a lot of 
people go out and they get the 
team prepared, and that's fine," 
Walker said. "But as I go into 
this season, I want to continue 

to get the team prepared and 
bring that excitement to all the 

One of the most interesting 
facets of Walker is his philoso- 
phy on how he and the rest of 
the team prepare quarterback 
Collin Klein week in and week 
out during practice. 

"The biggest thing is to hit 
him," Walker said. "I don't 
mean that in any type of bad 
way, but that's how you get him 
prepared. When you blitz off 
that line, you do everything in 
your power to intercept every 
ball, you do everything in your 
power to strip the ball from 
him, you do everything in your 
power to hit him and get in his 
face but that's what other teams 
are going to try to do." 

Snyder's respect for Walker 
has been at a high level since 
Walker's freshman year, which 
is why Snyder rewarded him 
with a captain status this year 
in addition to the starting spot. 

"He has a great attitude about 
it. He is a hard worker and a 
team-oriented guy," Snyder 
said. "I think he just gets better 
and better. He still has a ways to 
go and still makes mistakes, but 
he gets better all the time." 

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Games to watch: Top 5 upset brewing in Death Valley 

Matt Kern 
sports editor 

ess TEXAS A&M 

Playing in the first Southeastern Confer- 
ence game is a tough enough feat for the 
Aggies. Doing it with a first-time starter 
against a defense like Florida makes it 
extremely tough. Luckily for redshirt fresh- 
man quarterback Johnny Manziel, things 
will be a lot easier due to offensive play- 
makers Ryan Swope and Christine Michael. 

Swope, a senior receiver, became last 
year's quarterback Ryan Tannehill's favorite 
weapon at the end of the season. What 
separates Swope from other receivers is his 
willingness to go over the middle and make 
the tough catches. He will not shy away 
from contact, and also is willing to block 
downfield for the running back Michael. 

Despite not playing in the final four 
games of last season, Michael still rushed 
for 899 yards, 230 against now conference 
rival Arkansas. Michael is a bowling ball at 

5-foot-1 1 and 220 pounds but has the speed 
to run away from people after he breaks 
through the hole. These two will be key in 
helping Manziel, as the Gators will bring a 
nasty defense to college station. 

Florida may be the fastest defense in the 
country, and everybody on their team flies 
to the ball. Junior safety Matt Elam is the 
leader, and can make his presence felt both 
in the passing game, as well as the ground 
game. They are very opportunistic, and 
if Manziel gets flustered in his first career 
start, it could be a long day for the Aggies. 

Manziel has big-time potential, but his 
role on the team right now is just to control 
the offense and not try and take over. Look 
for the veteran presence of Swope and Mi- 
chael, as well as one of the best home field 
advantages in all of the country, to help 
guide the Aggies to a thrilling victory. 


Zach Mettenberger had a solid debut 
for the Tigers, completing 19 of 26 
passes for 192 yards and one touch- 
down in LSU's 41-14 victory over North 
Texas. As much as Mettenberger is being 
counted on to give the offense a boost, 
the staple of the LSU Tigers is their 

The defense only surrendered 219 
yards against the Mean Green, and 130 
of those came on two breakdowns in 
the secondary. LSU is replacing their 
secondary from last year as Morris Clai- 
borne (who left the team for the NFL 
draft) and Tyrann Mathieu (who left the 
team for unspecified team violations) 
are no longer dominating receivers 
on the outside. The secondary must 
improve as they will get a big test from 

one of the most unheralded quarter- 
backs in the country. 

Junior Keith Price of Washington 
made the post-Jake Locker phase at 
Washington much better last sea- 
son, throwing for 3,063 yards and 33 
touchdowns. Price has the swagger you 
love to see at the quarterback and will 
not be scared to throw the ball at the 
LSU secondary. The Huskies must give 
him the time in the pocket to find his 

Price, playing at Washington, does 
not get the national exposure that a 
quarterback of his caliber deserves. 
With this chance on national TV to show 
what he can do, look for him to lead 
the Huskies to a huge upset on the road 
over LSU. 


Like Texas A&M, Missouri will be playing 
in their first SEC game as they host the No. 7 
Georgia Bulldogs. However, unlike the Aggies, 
Missouri has an experienced quarterback in 
James Franklin. 

Franklin enters his second year as the 
starter and has proven to be quite the dual 
threat. His ability to make plays with his feet 
forces the defense to have to be watching to 
see if he is going to take off, and gives the 
Missouri receiving duo of T.J. Moe and Dorial 
Green-Beckham opportunities of one-on-one 
matchups on the outside. 

Moe and Green-Beckham complement each 
other very well, as Moe is the fast slot re- 
ceiver, while Green-Beckham is a big receiver 
who is capable of going up and getting the ball 
against anybody in the country. 
The Tigers are going to need the offensive 
stars to have a big game, as Georgia has an 

offense that can put up a lot of points of their 

Quarterback Aaron Murray is one of the best 
quarterbacks in the country and could be a 
dark-horse Heisman candidate if the Bulldogs 
can get off to a good start. The performance 
by running back Todd Gurley makes Georgia's 
offense scary. 

Gurley rushed eight times for 100 yards 
and two touchdowns, and also took a kickoff 
return for 100 yards in the Bulldogs 45-23 vic- 
tory over Buffalo. 

He gives Georgia the running game they 
thought they lost when former running back 
Isaiah Crowell got kicked out of school. 
Columbia will be electric Saturday night as the 
Tigers play in their first SEC game. In the end, 
the poise of Aaron Murray and the newfound 
run game of Georgia will be just enough to 
squeak out a victory in the final minutes. 


Taylor Martinez has been talking about how 
much work he has put in the offseason in be- 
coming a more complete quarterback. After his 
performance in the Cornuskers 49-20 victory 
over the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles, he 
is well on his way to proving just that. 

Martinez completed 26-of-34 passes for 
354 yards and five touchdowns, and may be 
counted on to do that again as star running 
back Rex Burkhead is questionable with a knee 
injury. The defense will also be huge as they 
are going up against an offense that showed it 
can make big plays both in the running game, 
as well as through the air. 

Senior running back Johnathan Franklin had 
a huge game on the ground, carrying the ball 
1 5 times for 214 yards and three touchdowns 
in the Bruins' 49-24 victory over the Rice Owls. 
Franklin possesses a blend of both power and 

speed that makes him one of the best running 
backs in the Pacific-12 Conference. However, 
it was the emergence of freshman quarterback 
Brett Hundley that makes the Bruins offense 
look very tough to stop. 

Hundley completed 21 of 28 passes for 202 
yards and two touchdowns, while also gaining 
68 yards on the ground and another score, and 
helped make this a complete offense. 

With Burkhead possibility out or at the very 
least injured, expect UCLA to get pressure on 
Martinez and see if he can air the ball out at a 
high level like he did against Southern Missis- 

Even though Martinez has improved, he is 
not ready to go out and win a game of this 
magnitude on the road. Look for the Bruins be- 
hind the legs of Franklin to win a hard-fought 

Pick 'Em 

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staff writer 











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K-State pass offense vs. Miami pass 


The Wildcats bring back nearly all of their wide receivers 
from last season and most importantly Collin Klein has shown 
steady improvements in his passing abilities. The Hurricanes 
gave up 441 passing yards in their first game against Boston 
College. Unless the Hurricanes can use their blitzes to get 
pressure on Klein frequently, the Wildcats should have no 
problem passing the ball. 

Miami pass offense vs. K-State 
pass defense 

The Hurricanes are led by junior Stephen Morris, who proved 
capable of passing the ball against Boston College by com- 
pleting 28 of 45 passes for over 207 yards with one TD. The 
Wildcat defense proved to be vulnerable in the secondary 
against Missouri State after giving up 323 yards through the 
air. Until the Wildcats can find a way to pressure the quar- 
terback, they will rely on the secondary to lock down the 
outside, which could prove to be difficult against the speedy 
Hurricane receivers. 

Special teams 

Bill Snyder is a master at special teams, despite the recent 
rule change to kickoffs. He proved it in the Wildcats' first 
game. An 89-yard punt return from Tramaine Thompson high- 
lighted the Wildcat special teams but also included pinning 
the Bears deep in their own field position on kickoffs more 
than once. Anthony Cantele is also coming off a perfect kick- 
ing game. 

K-State rush offense vs. Miami 
rush defense 

While the Wildcats have a variety of quality of running 
attacks, the Hurricane front four will pose a much bigger 
challenge than Missouri State's defensive line. Pile on the 
uncertainty of the health of starting left guard Nick Puetz 
and the Wildcats' already untested group of linemen, minus 
B.J. Finney, becomes even more worrisome. The Wildcats, 
however, did have success against the Hurricanes last season 
when they ran for 265 yards. 

Miami rush offense vs. K-State 
rush defense 

Miami may have lost Lamar Miller to the NFL draft last season 
but they have found suitable replacements in freshman Duke 
Johnson and senior Mike James. James and Johnson combined 

for 189 yards rushing. The Wildcats gave up most of their 
yards against Missouri State through the air but still managed 
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Heisman watch: Former Hutchinson player makes list 

John Zetmeir 
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Geno Smith 

Coming into the season, 
West Virginias senior quarter- 
back Geno Smith was on a lot 
of experts' Heisman Trophy 
watch list. In his junior season, 
Smith led West Virginia to a 10-3 
record that included a 70-33 vic- 
tory in the Orange Bowl. 

Along the way, Smith passed 
for 4,385 yards for 31 touch- 
down passes, including two 
rushing touchdowns. In the first 
game of his senior year against 
Marshall University, Smith com- 
pleted 32 of 36 passes for 323 
yards and four touchdowns. On 
top of that, Smith had 65 rushing 
yards and one touchdown. This 
week, Smith will lead the Moun- 
taineers against James Madison 

Le'Veon Bell 

Michigan States junior run- 
ning back Le'Veon Bell found 
himself gaining popularity after 
his week one performance 

photo courtesy of Matt Sunday | West Virginia University 
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith runs the ball against Marshall University on Sept. 1 at Milan 
Puskar Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. 

against Boise State. Last week, 210 yards and two touchdowns, yards. 

Bell carried the ball 44 times for including six catches for 55 Bell caught the eyes of col- 

lege football fans all over the 
country with his athleticism for 
a 6-foot- 2, 245-pound running 
back. Last year, Bell rushed for 
948 yards and 13 touchdowns. 
Look for him to carry most of the 
workload for the Spartans this 

Marcus Lattimore 

In his first game back from a 
leg injury that sidelined him for 
half of last year, junior running 
back Marcus Lattimore made a 
big impact for the South Caro- 
lina Gamecocks last Saturday in 
a narrow victory against Vander- 
bilt University. Lattimore tal- 
lied 110 yards rushing with two 
touchdowns in his first game 

Last season, Lattimore played 
only seven games, but was still 
able to rush for 818 yards and 
10 touchdowns. In 2010, Latti- 
mores first year at South Caroli- 
na, the star running back ran for 
1,197 yards and 17 touchdowns, 
while also adding 412 receiv- 
ing yards and two touchdowns. 
South Carolina fans and Heis- 

man voters have high expecta- 
tions for Lattimore if he is able to 
keep himself healthy. 

Cordarrelle Patterson 

Tennessee junior wide re- 
ceiver Cordarrelle Patterson 
rounds off the list. An unfamiliar 
name to many fans, Pattersons 
first game in a Tennessee jersey 
showed fans that there might 
be a star in the works down in 
Knoxville. Last season, Patterson 
was playing football at Hutchin- 
son Community College in 
Hutchinson, Kan. 

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unteers, Patterson caught six 
passes for 93 yards and one 
touchdown. However, that was 
just half of Pattersons impres- 
sive debut. Rushing for 72 yards, 
including a 67-yard touchdown 
run, Patterson showed that he 
has a lot of speed and athleti- 
cism for a 6-foot-3, 205-pound 
wide receiver. Even though it 
was just his first game of the 
year, look for Patterson to make 
a huge impact for Tennessee's 
offense this season. 


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